Programs 2018-08-06T02:32:09+00:00


We are a no-charge program to our participants. Our funding for these wonderful programs, support groups and speaking engagements are funded from: Our biggest fundraiser, Dancing with the Sioux Falls Stars, small grants, sponsors, individual donations and legacy donations. Our funds stay 100% in the Sioux Empire Area! Your donations are 100% tax deductible.

Facilitators Needed (volunteers)
In order to increase the number of support groups available and cover more areas, we need leaders (facilitators)  for NAMI Family Support and Peer Connection Recovery Support groups. Also needed: Leaders for our Peer-to-Peer and Family-to-Family education classes. To lead a group, you must have walked the walk of either a peer or a family member. There are other prerequisites and in-depth training. First steps are to (a) become a NAMI member; and (b) fill out a volunteer application.  Contact Sara at 605-610-7226 or email her at

When you volunteer you help schools, children, parents, companies and our community to a level that brings everyone together. 1 in 5  people are diagnosed with a mental health challenge. This could be: ADHD, Alzheimer’s, depression, PTSD, postpartum depression, anxiety, bi-polar, PICA, sleeping disorders and many other challenges. The list is long, but you can help make a difference to help build a new mental health system in our area. Be the change!

Business Wellness 2018-08-06T03:05:23+00:00

This presentation is a positive workplace and potential lost productivity program. Your business will receive 4 presentations for the year to inform middle management about how to improve, recognize and implement mental health change in your business and community. One in six people live with mental health challenges.

Call Sara to schedule your organizations presentations 605-610-7226 or email at


Ending the Silence 2018-08-06T03:02:41+00:00

NAMI’s Ending the Silence knows that some of the best support a student can receive is listening to stories of others who lived mental health challenges. Ending the Silence is an interactive presentation for middle school and high school students. NAMI Sioux Falls is achieving the goal to get into every school to help bring mental health awareness to our community and to save lives. The positive program gets into the heart of our youth.

To schedule your school or community event, please call Anney at 605-376-0595.

Connection Recovery Support Group 2018-09-06T00:45:11+00:00

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group is a free, peer-led support group for adults living with mental illness. You will gain insight from hearing the challenges and successes of others, and the groups are led by NAMI-trained facilitators who’ve been there.

NAMI’s Support Groups are unique because they follow a structured model to ensure you and others in the group have an opportunity to be heard and to get what you need. The groups meet on a bi-weekly, weekly or monthly basis

By sharing your experiences in a safe and confidential setting, you gain hope and develop relationships. The group encourages empathy, productive discussion and a sense of community.

Groups currently meet:

Sundays at First Congregational Church, Minnesota Ave & 11th Street from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Tuesdays at First Christian Reformed Church,  2901 E. 26th Street from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Thursdays at First Presbyterian Church, 2300 S. West Avenue from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.

Click here for location and times flyer.

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group will help you:

  • See the individual first, not the illness
  • Recognize that mental illnesses are medical illnesses that may have environmental triggers
  • Understand that mental illnesses are traumatic events
  • Aim for better coping skills
  • Find strength in sharing experiences
  • Reject stigma and not tolerate discrimination
  • Not judge anyone’s pain
  • Forgive ourselves and reject guilt
  • Embrace humor as healthy
  • Accept that we cannot solve every problem
  • Work for a better future in a realistic way
Family Support 2018-07-11T16:48:27+00:00

NAMI Family Support Groups, offered by NAMI Affiliates in communities across the country, are free, confidential and safe groups of families helping other families who live with mental health challenges. In NAMI Family Support Groups, families join a caring group of individuals helping one another by utilizing their collective lived experiences and learned wisdom. Family member can achieve a renewed sense of hope for their loved one living with mental health challenges.

NAMI Sioux Falls, the local organization of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will offer its NAMI Family Support Group Program the first four Sundays each month. It will be held on the FIRST  and THIRD Sunday each month at St. John’s Lutheran Church located at 1912 W. 13 th Street from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and on SECOND and FOURTH Sunday each month from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at First Congregational Church located at the corner of Minnesota Avenue and 11th Street. Click here for location and times flyer.

famillysupportParticipant Perspectives

“Before coming to the support group, we had never spoken about mental illness to neighbors, friends and often not even to our relatives.”

“NAMI Family Support Group really works and it makes the group experience even better.”

“I just attended my first NAMI Family Support Group and the facilitators and the group experience was just the kind of support I was seeking at this time.”


Contact us to find out more about NAMI Family Support Groups!

Family-to-Family 2017-12-01T20:38:35+00:00

NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 12-session education program for family, partners, friends and significant others of adults living with mental illness. The course is designed to help all family members understand and support their loved one living with mental illness, while maintaining their own well-being. The course includes information on illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression and other mental health conditions. Thousands of families describe the program as life-changing. The program is taught by trained teachers who are also family members and know what it is like to have a loved one living with mental illness.

NAMI Sioux Falls, the local organization of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, offers the Family to Family class in the Spring and Fall each year. Contact the NAMI Sioux Falls office 605-610-5485 or for more information or to register.

family-to-familyParticipant Perspectives

“This course overall was the single most, without a doubt, helpful and informative thing ever offered in all my years searching for answers… It has helped me to understand better and communicate more effectively with my brother.”

“The course has helped me to realize that my son is still inside the body that is often times hidden by the mental illness and that I am not alone in this.”

Contact us to register for the next series of classes!

In Our Own Voice 2018-04-02T22:50:50+00:00

NAMI In Our Own Voice is a unique public education program in which presentations consist of two trained speakers sharing their compelling personal stories of living with mental health challenges and achieving recovery. Audiences range from individuals living with mental health challenges, students of all ages, law enforcement officials and faith community members to veterans and service providers.

inourvoiceWhile audiences benefit from the inspirational stories of the speakers, presenters increase their confidence and develop leadership skills through helping to inspire and motivate others.

Audience Perspectives

“I learned more about mental health conditions from these generous people than any book I have read.”

“[In Our Own Voice] is helpful for people to understand how REAL and how DISABLING the symptoms are. So many people see [individuals with mental illness] as manipulative or lazy.”

Contact us to schedule a NAMI In Our Own Voice Presentation for your organization! To schedule a program or class please call 605-610-5485 or email


NAMI Basics 2017-12-01T20:41:16+00:00

NAMI Basics is a free, six-session program designed for parents and other family caregivers of children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral difficulties. NAMI Basics helps parents and other family caregivers of children to understand the illnesses that are causing those behavioral difficulties, and the critical role families play in the treatment of those illnesses. The program is taught by trained teachers who are also the parents or family caregivers of individuals who experienced emotional or behavioral difficulties prior to age 13. Additional information about NAMI Basics is available at

Registration is required and class size is limited. Please call 605.610.5485 or email

Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT) 2017-01-25T20:34:47+00:00

Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT) are a pre-booking jail diversion program designed to improve the outcomes of police interactions with people with mental illnesses.

The first CIT was established in Memphis in 1988 after the tragic shooting by a police officer of a man with a serious mental illness. This tragedy stimulated a collaboration between the police, the Memphis chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the University of Tennessee Medical School and the University of Memphis to improve police training and procedures in response to mental illness. The Memphis CIT program has achieved remarkable success, in large part because it has remained a true community partnership. Today, the so-called “Memphis Model” has been adopted by more than 2000 communities in more than 40 states, and is being implemented statewide in several states, including Maine, Connecticut, Ohio, Georgia, Florida, Utah, and Kentucky. To locate a CIT program near you, visit the University of Memphis website at: http://

The Memphis Model of CIT has several key components:

  • A community collaboration between mental health providers, law enforcement, and family and consumer advocates. This group examines local systems to determine the community’s needs, agrees on strategies for meeting those needs, and organizes police training. This coalition also determines the best way to transfer people with mental illness from police custody to the mental health system, and ensures that there are adequate facilities for mental health triage.
  • A 40 hour training program for law enforcement officers that includes basic information about mental illnesses and how to recognize them; information about the local mental health system and local laws; learning first-hand from consumers and family members about their experiences; verbal de-escalation training, and role-plays.
  • Consumer and family involvement in decision-making, planning training sessions, and leading training sessions.

CIT equips police officers to interact with individuals experiencing a psychiatric crisis, by:

  • Providing specialized training. Police officers report that they feel unprepared for “mental disturbance” calls and that they encounter barriers to getting people experiencing psychiatric symptoms quickly and safely transferred to mental health treatment. CIT addresses this need by providing officers with specialized training to respond safely, and quickly to people with serious mental illness in crisis. Officers learn to recognize the signs of psychiatric distress and how to deescalate a crisis — avoiding officer injuries, consumer deaths and tragedy for the community. In addition, CIT officers learn how to link people with appropriate treatment, which has a positive impact on fostering recovery and reducing recidivism.
  • Creating a community collaboration. Due to critical shortages in community mental health services, police officers have become first line responders to people with serious mental illness who are in a psychiatric crisis. When these crises occur, officers often have no options other than to arrest the individual, due to the lack of protocol or coordination between law enforcement and the mental health system. By creating relationships between law enforcement and mental health services, CIT can facilitate agreements that get people quickly transferred to mental health treatment, while reducing the burden on police and corrections. Speedy transfers to treatment save police time and money, and reduce the need for costly emergency psychiatric services.

CIT Works — for law enforcement, for consumers, and for the community.

CIT helps keep people with mental illnesses out of jail, and gets them into treatment.

  • Studies show that police-based diversions, and CIT especially, significantly reduce arrests of people with serious mental illnesses.1,2 Pre-booking diversion, including CIT, also reduced the number of re-arrests by 58%.3
  • In a one-year study of pre-booking jail diversion, including CIT, participants in jail diversion programs spent on average two more months in the community than non-diverted individuals. Individuals diverted through CIT and other programs receive more counseling, medication and other forms of treatment than individuals who are not diverted.3
  • CIT training reduces officer stigma and prejudice toward people with mental illness.4
  • CIT officers do a good job of identifying individuals who need psychiatric care5 and are 25% more likely to transport an individual to a psychiatric treatment facility than other officers.6

CIT reduces officer injuries, SWAT team emergencies, and the amount of time officers spend on the disposition of mental disturbance calls.

  • After the introduction of CIT In Memphis, officer injuries sustained during responses to “mental disturbance” calls dropped 80%.7
  • After the introduction of CIT in Albuquerque, the number of crisis intervention calls requiring SWAT team involvement declined by 58%.8.
  • In Albuquerque, police shootings in the community declined after the introduction of CIT. 9
  • Officers trained in CIT rate their program as more effective at meeting the needs of people with mental illness, minimizing the amount of time they spend on “mental disturbance” calls, and maintaining community safety, than officers who rely on a mobile crisis unit or in-house social worker for assistance with “mental disturbance” calls. 10

CIT Works in Rural Communities: Many rural communities have created regional collaboratives for CIT. For example, successful rural CIT programs exist in the New River Valley in Virginia, and in Cambria County, Pennsylvania.


1. Steadman, H., Deane, M.W., Borum, R., & Morrissey, J. (2001). Comparing outcomes of major models of police responses to mental health emergencies. Psychiatric Services, 51, 645-649

2. Sheridan, E., & Teplin, L. (1981). Policereferred psychiatric emergencies: advantages of community treatment. Journal of Community Psychology, 9, 140-147.

3. TAPA Center for Jail Diversion. (2004). “What can we say about the effectiveness of jail diversion programs for persons with cooccurring disorders?” The National GAINS Center. Accessed December 19, 2007 at: jail_diversion/WhatCanWeSay.pdf.

4. Compton, M., Esterberg, M., McGee, R., Kotwicki, R., & Oliva, J. (2006). “Crisis intervention team training: changes in knowledge, attitudes, and stigma related to schizophrenia.” Psychiatric Services, 57, 1199-1202.

5. Strauss, G., Glenn, M., Reddi, P., Afaq, I., et al.(2005). “Psychiatric disposition of patients brought in by crisis intervention team police officers.” Community Mental Health Journal, 41, 223-224.

6. Teller, J., Munetz, M., Gil, K. & Ritter, C. (2006). “Crisis intervention team training for police officers responding to mental disturbance calls.” Psychiatric Services, 57, 232-237.

7. Dupont, R., Cochran, S., & Bush, A. (1999) “Reducing criminalization among individuals with mental illness.” Presented at the US Department of Justice and Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Conference on Forensics and Mental Illness, Washington, DC, July 1999.

8. Bower, D., & Pettit, G. (2001). The Albuquerque Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Team: A Report Card. FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin.

9. Dupont R., & Cochran, S.(2000). “A programmatic approach to use of force issues in mental illness events.” Presented at the US Department of Justice Conference on Law Enforcement Use of Force, Washington, DC, May 2000.

10. Borum, R., Deane, M.D., Steadman, H., & Morrissey, J. (1998). “Police perspectives on responding to mentally ill people in crisis: perceptions of program effectiveness.” Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 16, 393-405.

NAMI on Campus: Currently Supporting NAMI on Campus at USD 2017-01-25T20:40:20+00:00

Because Mental Health Matters

College is an exciting time. From being away from home and finding independence to meeting new people and trying new things, every day brings new experiences. There is also a new level of academic responsibility. Classes are harder and there is always a due date on the horizon. Balancing all of the changes that happen in college can be stressful and challenging.

Those challenges are even more difficult for the 1 in 5 students who also face a mental health condition. Nearly three-quarters of mental health conditions emerge by age 24, so many college students are facing mental health concerns for the first time, and may not know where to go for support.

NAMI knows that some of the best support a student can receive is from peers. When students connect with one another, they can share common experiences and support each other through the transitions. NAMI on Campus helps make those connections happen.

NAMI on Campus clubs work to end the stigma that makes it hard for students to talk about mental health and get the help they need. Clubs hold creative meetings, hold innovative awareness events, and offer signature NAMI programs through partnerships with NAMI State Organizations and Affiliates across the nation.

Why NAMI on Campus?

NAMI on Campus clubs are student-led, student-run mental health organizations on college campuses. NAMI on Campus clubs:

  • Raise mental health awareness with fairs, walks and candlelit vigils.
  • Educate the campus with presentations, guest speakers and student panels.
  • Advocate for improved mental health services and policies on campus.
  • Support peers with signature NAMI programs and training from NAMI State Organizations and Affiliates.

As a member of a NAMI on Campus club, you will belong to the largest grassroots mental health organization in America. Club leaders have access to the staff, resources, opportunities and support that comes with being part of this national movement, including opportunities beyond your college years.